“…Gymnastics seemed out of my league. I envisioned people doing back handsprings and parallel bars...things that were a bit scary to me… No matter the age or skill level, Loren has a way of bringing people into their own strength. He’s inspiring (in his own physical strength and ability), but never makes people feel weak. Loren is one of those teachers that helps you start where you are, but encourages and pushes you to dream big…
I can’t say enough about how fun the classes are (as well as challenging)... Anyone who is considering trying out a class, just do it. You don’t have to be strong to start. You’ll get stronger. If you want to change the way your body functions and have a lot of fun in the process, give it a try. These classes are like nothing else I’ve encountered."
"When I initially heard about Loren's gymnastic strength training classes, I decided to give it a try one day a week to supplement my training… I did not expect to fall in love with the practice in the way that I did…
Loren has been impeccable at supporting each student at their own fitness level and helping them work towards their individual goals. Not only have I become stronger and more flexible, but I have become passionate about this type of fitness/movement. It is a time I get to challenge personal limitations and simply, play. Being able to meet goals and watch gains with each PNWGST community member has translated to motivation and success in other aspects of my life.”
"Loren has created more then a gym, he's nurtured and continues to nurture a thriving community grounded in health, respect, and a whole-being approach… I'm actually experiencing increased mobility and strength in my mind, body, and life. The PNWGST community is fun, supportive and dynamic. Join us! You'll be amazed at how your abilities strengthen and expand into all areas of your life."
“I joined PNWGST for two reasons initially: 1) I have an old low back injury and I wanted to strength it to keep the pain away and 2) to help combat the 8 plus hours I spent working at a computer every day. Attending classes and working with Loren has exceeded my wildest expectations. Not only am I meeting my two goals, but I have been feeling more confident in my physical ability and have done things (like half handstands, skin the cats and more) that I never thought I was capable of doing. I have made goals to achieve this year and I know with PNWGST and Loren’s coaching I will be able to achieve them.”
“When I started with PNWGST… I wanted to stop the slide down hill that comes from getting older, getting busy and not maintaining yourself. After a few months at PNWGST I was surprised to find that I had set my expectations too low. I’ve gone past rehabilitation and past maintenance and now I am building strength and flexibility well above anything I expected. Part of this comes from building the entire body up systematically. Now my back is healthy, as well as my shoulders. I am stronger than I have been in at least a decade if not more.
Every activity at PNWGST can be adjusted to accommodate individual levels of health and fitness. I can attest to this from all the work arounds we came up with to deal with a broken wrist this fall."
“The PNWGST classes[are] almost like a middle-ground between a "class" and having a personal trainer -- a really amazing level of personalization… Anyone who asks a question on anatomy, exercise physiology, or "it hurts when I do this..." gets a thorough answer that reveals Loren's deep understanding of the human body. His knowledge is clearly the product of both extensive academic research and first-person athletic experience... What you'll find at PNWGST far exceeds the level of athletic training that you'd expect to be available in a small town like Corvallis."
“I am 56 years old, have been active my entire life and had accepted the inevitability of the aging process… I had shoulder mobility issues that were limiting my movement and had been causing pain in my left shoulder for years. Once I began working with Loren at PNWGST, it took several months to remedy the issue- during which time I was introduced to the foreign concepts of "open shoulders" and "neuroplasticity".
Working with Loren at PNWGST has improved my mobility to the point where I am using much more of my body. This has resulted in improved balance, agility, speed, power and endurance. It’s a total blast! There is no better time than now to start and no better place than at PNWGST!”
“My favorite thing about classes is the variety of exercises we do even if one class is focusing on core and legs or handstands… If you are looking for classes where you will not only get stronger but more flexible and mobile than this is for you.”
“I’ve gained a lot in one month of training. I’ve gained the confidence that I can achieve even more. If you’re wanting to work on your strength, flexibility and mobility don’t hesitate to try Loren’s training. He puts a lot of thought into making this program well-rounded and suitable for a wide range of abilities."
“I was hesitant at first and completely didn’t know what to expect. After the first class I was hooked; Hooked to Loren’s way of teaching; Hooked to the other people in the class and how much fun we have! And hooked overall to the entire atmosphere of PNWGST. I have gained so much strength and confidence in myself from this gym and I would recommend everyone to give it a try!”
"If you are very lucky in this life, you get to meet "The Teacher". The person who comes along just when you need them, to teach you exactly what it is you need to know. Loren is one of "The Teachers". I can honestly say that I get stronger and learn to move more intelligently every time I go to class with Loren... I encourage anyone to try Loren's class.”